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No Matter How Much They "Hustle," American Women's Pay Isn't Catching Up

Posted by Katie Hegarty, Online Outreach Assistant | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 12:28 pm

The recent hacking of thousands of Sony emails revealed that Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, two stars of last year’s blockbuster hit American Hustle, were paid millions of dollars less than co-stars Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Christian Bale. The latter actors are perfectly fine (I mean, two are superheroes!), but why did those first two stars of Hustle make so much less than the other three? Here’s my educated guess: Adams and Lawrence are women, and Cooper, Renner, and Bale…aren’t.

This story isn’t getting press because the wage gap is surprising. The Equal Pay Act was passed over 50 years ago, but we still don’t actually have equal pay yet. Women working full-time, year-round typically make 78 cents to every dollar made by men — it’s worse for most women of color, and complicated for transgender women as well. This story may have had bigger disparities to report if Hustle had starred Michelle Rodriguez and Laverne Cox instead.

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Sigh of Relief! Arizona’s Restriction on Medication Abortion Remains on Hold

Posted by Abigail Omojola, Fellow | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

It’s that time of the year – celebrating the holidays with parties, gift-giving, and awkward holiday sweater wearing.

And now women in Arizona have at least one more reason to celebrate – on Monday, the Supreme Court declined to review the Ninth Circuit’s decision blocking a law that would severely restrict abortion access in Arizona. Leaving the Ninth Circuit’s decision intact means women in Arizona will continue to have access to high-quality care that includes medication abortion, which women have been using safely and legally for over 10 years.


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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 5 Key Developments in Budget & Tax Policy in 2014

Posted by Joan Entmacher, Vice President for Family Economic Security | Posted on: December 17, 2014 at 09:32 am
  • The government didn’t shut down—although it came very close--and Congress agreed to fund most agencies through the end of Fiscal Year 2015. A few programs, including the Child Care and Development Block Grant, received modest increases.  But most domestic programs face freezes or cuts in FY 2015—on top of years of cuts in programs vital to women and their families—and even deeper cuts in FY 2016.
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Five Great Moments in Early Care and Education from 2014

Posted by | Posted on: December 16, 2014 at 03:08 pm

In 2014, NWLC and advocates across the country continued working to expand early learning opportunities for children. Here are a few highlights from the year:

Third-grader Alajah Lane talks about how early education prepared her for school before introducing President Obama at the White House Summit on Early Education.

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We’ve All Been There, And An Over-The-Counter Pill Should Be There For Us

Posted by Mara Gandal-Powers, Counsel | Posted on: December 15, 2014 at 11:34 am

Ask any woman who has used the birth control pill about the time she needed to get pills and couldn’t because she couldn’t get a prescription in time, and she’ll have a story. That time she was on vacation and forgot her next pack of pills. That Sunday morning she opened up her medicine cabinet to find that the pack she finished yesterday was the last pack she had. That time she couldn’t get an appointment with her health care provider until weeks after her last pack of pills expired. Or that time she didn’t have a regular provider that she could call. Most of these women probably ended up with a gap between when they finished their birth control and when they were able to get a new pack of pills. And there’s a simple solution to this problem: there should be at least one birth control pill available over-the-counter.

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End-of-the-Year Push on Nominations

Posted by Amy K. Matsui, Senior Counsel and Director of Women and the Courts | Posted on: December 15, 2014 at 11:12 am

Although the House of Representatives has already called it a year, the Senate is still working. On Saturday, Majority Leader Harry Reid filed cloture petitions on 12 district court nominees and numerous executive branch nominees, including the Surgeon General. The cloture votes on the district court judges will take place this week, at a day and time yet to be determined.

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Access to Justice for All: Raising the Voices of the Men and Women Who Have Been Victims of Police Killings

Posted by Abigail Bar-Lev, Fellow | Posted on: December 11, 2014 at 09:17 am

There are more African American men in prison today than there were slaves in 1850.

Shock and frustration at the state of racial discrimination in the United States—particularly at the hands of police officers and mass incarceration—characterized Tuesday’s Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights’ final hearing of the 113th Congress on the state of civil and human rights in the United States. Given recent affairs, it makes sense that the six panelists’ remarks focused on police abuse and racial discrimination, sentencing, and incarceration rates. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey presented a passionate appeal to the Committee to tackle the racial discrimination problems that pervade the prison system, while Representative Keith Ellison from Minneapolis urged the Senators that in addition to better training for state and local police forces, racial justice requires that we deal with the structural economic abandonment of cities like Ferguson, Missouri.

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White House Summit Puts a Spotlight on Early Education—But It’s Just a Start

Posted by Karen Schulman, Senior Policy Analyst | Posted on: December 10, 2014 at 09:30 am

It’s an exciting time for early care and education. Last month, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) was reauthorized with strong bipartisan support. Earlier this week, the Northside Center for Child Development in Harlem had a visit from none other than Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. And today, President Obama is holding the White House Summit on Early Education, where he will announce which states will be awarded Preschool Development Grants, highlight private philanthropic commitments to fund new preschool slots, and jumpstart efforts to expand children’s access to high-quality early learning opportunities.

Early care and education has support among everyone from the President to business leaders to governors of both parties to singer Shakira (expressed in both English and Spanish) to even members of the British royal family, because the benefits of giving children a strong start are clear. Children who receive a high-quality early education are more likely to succeed in school and in life.

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